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Global Smokefree Partnership kicks off Global Voices Campai

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Global Smokefree Partnership kicks off Global Voices Campai

Postby admin » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:55 pm

Sign-on to the Global Voices Campaign online before 30th of June!

http://www.epha.org/single_page.php3?id_mot=69

Global Smokefree Partnership kicks off Global Voices Campaign

(JPEG) The campaign was launched on March 23rd, 2007 which marked the 100 day countdown to the second Conference of the Parties (CoP-2) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) which will meet in Bangkok, Thailand from 30th June until July 6th, 2007.

It aims to mobilize NGO support for best-practice smokefree air laws, to raise awareness of smokefree issues in the media, to build support among policy-makers for strong and effective Article 8 Guidelines on a worldwide scale. [1]
What you can do

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* Order a Campaign toolkit The toolkit contains brief fact sheets with information on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and Article 8; on key Smokefree facts and principles, as well as on the Global Voices campaign. The campaign toolkit is currently available in English, French and Spanish and Arabic, and will be available in German and Portuguese soon.

To order a toolkit: info@globalsmokefreepartnership.org.

* Spread the word The more voices, the more visible the campaign will be. Signatures will be presented to delegates at the COP-2 meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

* Web Banner There is also a campaign web-banner which can be placed on organisations’ websites to alert people visiting your website about the campaign.

To receive a banner: info@globalsmokefreepartnership.org.

* Reach out to your government representatives If you have not already done so, please reach out to your government representatives ask for their support of strong Article 8 guidelines.

* Prepare for World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2007 This year, World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which is celebrated on 31 May of every year, will focus on smokefree environments - an excellent opportunity to make the case for effective smokefree policies in your country.

* Let the Global Smoke Free Partnership know what you are planning! at info@globalsmokefreepartnership.org or florence.berteletti@ersnet.org.
Global Voices Activities for World No Tobacco Day

* As part of the Global Voices Campaign, a Global Voices Report will be released on Word No Tobacco Day. The report will be the first global status report on smokefree air and will make the case for country implementation of strong smokefree policies. It will highlight regional “voices” of governmental officials and NGOs working on smokefree policies.

* The Global Voices Campaign team will also prepare a swiss cheese press release and a letter to the editor which you can make use of and adapt with your organizations’ information. These materials and further information on WNTD 2007 will be available on the Global Voices campaign website in the first half of May 2007.
Contact: If you have any comments or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Annette Bornhäuser, Global Voices Campaign Manager at info@globalsmokefreepartnership.org and Florence Berteletti Kemp, Advocacy Officer, at florence.berteletti@ersnet.org

[1] Article 8 focuses specifically on protection from exposure to tobacco smoke of the FCTC and stipulates that:

“1. Parties recognize that scientific evidence has unequivocally established that exposure to tobacco smoke causes death, disease and disability.

2. Each Party shall adopt and implement in areas of existing national jurisdiction as determined by national law and actively promote at other jurisdictional levels the adoption and implementation of effective legislative, executive, administrative and/or other measures, providing for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke in indoor workplaces, public transport, indoor public places and, as appropriate, other public places.”
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